Thank you for taking time to visit, and I hope I am even a tiny bit helpful as I have been helped and blessed by so many others. I have been doing Calligraphy since teens, and card making for many years as well. In 1990 I delighted in the joys of stamping with ink and embossing after a trip to Cairns, Qld. In 2009 I discovered the brayer, 2010 the Cuttlebug, also have now taking to reading up on crafting blogs and lo! Here I am, on one of my own.

I live on the coast of eastern Australia. I am a Christian. I trusted in the LORD down here at the beach, amazingly it is not far from where I now live. It was over 40 years ago, after a Beach Mission Service at the age of 12 years

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

WOYWW, Brayer video + Extra Crunchy Ginger nuts!

Hullo there everyone!!
I actually started most of this post ages ago now and never published it, but show you a bit of my "unchanged-from-last-week "desk just to keep up with the theme
Those of you who were around later last week will know I have a wounded paw. After doing last week's post, I left for the skin specialist and came back with 5 stitches in right hand (skin cancer, an SCC)-  :D They come out next Wed. then have to have one done on my foot.
 BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!!  
Finally did a brayer video (taken before hand was done)
CLICK on
this post here from yesterday!

Showed the brayer backgrounds on last week's post, this is a crop of the desk shot last week. Same as I have not been in there all week to work due to hand!
The observant monkey watchers among you commented last week that Deer Monkey, on the right, has his deer shirt on already. :D The WOYWW badge which he usually wears has been seconded by his monkey mate, Mechant, who is sitting beside him.
 Okay, so a while back now, the baking bug temporarily hit. I just had to make some of mum's scrummy Ginger Nuts, so I thought would share them .


If you like them really crunchy, the key to the crunch with biscuits is to leave them on the tray to cool and if possible for five mins in the open oven - if you cooking another batch obviously you cannot. 
Take care they don't get too brown though. I like to make good dunkers (in tea of course) and they are certainly that! If you like them really gingery then put in two teaspoons (or more) of ground ginger like I do.
I have rather poor quality video of our cheeky clowns of the garden (Rainbow Lorikeets - see also here) taking a bath in our bird bath, taken the same time as last weeks photos. I thought of it after took the still photos, so they were nearly finished!
Poor quality because it was taken on maximum zoom with my camera, through the lounge room window!
Rainbow Lorikeet “Lorikeets are considered a small to medium parrot and range in size from 150mm (6") to 400mm (16"). The colour of the bird depends upon the species and the variation with in that species, however bright colours are common and popular. Lorikeets are one of the few parrots that eat mainly nectar and pollen. In Australia, it is common along the eastern seaboard, from Queensland to South Australia and northwest Tasmania.”
Happy WOYWW everyone!
For those of you not in the know - WOYWW is a weekly blog hop - What is On Your Wordesk Wednesday? and here we do a reveal of what we are working on at present - or not! check desks all over the world, (click here) at our brilliant hostess', Julia's blog and see what you may learn and glean. 

Thanks so much every one for popping over for a peek and chat, and may the Lord bless your day wherever you may be!
Shaz in Oz.x  
 

53 comments:

Sally H said...

Well, what can I say - 3 of my favourite things in one post! A gorgeous scene, home baking and birds too! You are spoiling me! Those Rainbow lorikeets are stunning!

Myrna said...

Shaz
Sorry about the hand. I am still waiting for them to remove mine (nose).
Love the brayering.
Cute monkey.
Nothing I love better than a good cookie recipe and ginger to boot, oh boy.
The birds must be fascinating to watch. It was so cute.
Myrna

JoZart said...

Hi Shaz, sorry you have been through the wars and I hope your hand heals quickly so you can get creating once again.
Great post , loved seeing the birds and I'm going to try those bics. Thanks for that!
lv Jo x

Barb King said...

That is a beautiful scene, I will watch your video. I took a brayer class this summer, but have not tried it since then. Hope your hand heals quickly!

Neesie said...

Fabulous post Shaz,
How cute is that Deer Monkey's shirt. I'm wondering if they do them in Shih Tzu sizes? ;D
Great recipe too...I love ginger nuts! So now I'll have to squeeze some more time to fit baking in too...ho hum...thanks Shaz!

I hope your hand heals quickly and isn't too much of a problem.

The video is great...we have the lorikeets visit and I actually had a Eclectus Parrot visit our seed block daily for over a week. If I sound like I know a lot don't be fooled I had to google it to see what it was called! ;D
That's a secret by the way!

Have a great day.

Neesie no number! x

butlersabroad said...

Lovely post Shaz, those pink brayered scenes really caught my eye. Hope your had heals well and heals quickly so you can get back to crafting again. Loved the video of the Lorikeets, amazing to think you have those visiting your garden. I'll pass on the cookies as I don't like ginger! The Hubby does, he makes his own ginger shortbread and puts chopped crystallized ginger pieces in them.

Hugs
Brenda (no number yet)

Joynana said...

Shad love your brayered background. Will be watching the video while I am off tor the holiday. Hope the hand is getting better.

Joynana said...

Shad love your brayered background. Will be watching the video while I am off tor the holiday. Hope the hand is getting better.

RosC said...

Very appealing brayering work. I'll be along to look at the video.
Pity about having two paws out of four done over by the doc. At least you don't need the back one for crafting.
I've jotted down the ginger nut recipe and will try it out. I imagine it might be one of those recipes which would freeze quite well before cooking... for rainy days, and unexpected callers.
Do remember that dunking is polite as long as you don't go past the second knuckle. My Mum's advice.
Hur, hur, well actually, that was my Dad getting a rise out of Mother. She is currently blushing up on her pink cloud.
Smiles to you,
Ros. (no number yet - I think Blogger is being antsy this morning).

RosC said...

PS. Forgot to mention the video. What a treat to have them splashing about so close to the window.
I notice that Neesie thought she had an Eclectic parrot in the garden but I think that's unlikely unless it's escaped from a cage. They occur right up north in far north Queensland in the rain forest tree tops. Hope you don't mind my pedantry.
Cheers,
Ros.

sandra de said...

Congrats on #1 and the video is beautiful. We are so lucky to have such a wonderful array of wildlife.
Sandra @18

Jackie said...

Morning .......hoping your hand is on the mend, my friend just had the same on her nose, so sending lots of get well wishes... think i might get my brayer out today thanks for inspiration.
Jackie 12
http://scrapbangeallop.blogspot.com

Ali H said...

hope your hand is doing well & you will soon be back on all digits !! Will pop back tonight to see your video - need to get in the shower & to work now ! Take care Ali #21

Gabrielle said...

Lovely brayering - but I'm a huge fan of ginger nut biscuits so I'm off to give those a try! Happy, happy Wednesday x

TeddyBobCrafts said...

Happy WOYWW. Hope your paw is not too sore - and you can get back to crafting soon. Brayering. I have resisted buying one, as then I would end up on the long road of trying to produce wonderful pieces of art like yours! Ginger nuts. I love ginger biscuits (they help with my nausea) and will attempt to make some. Parrots. It must be wonderful to have such exotic sights outside your window. We have rain/wind/mud. Monkey. Loving his jumper. Ali x #19

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Sorry to hear you've had chunks taken out of you...sending a big hugs for speedy recovery :)
Ah, so THAT'S what brayering is. I'f heard it mentioned but never knew what it was before. Thanks for clearing that little mystery up!!
HUgs, LLJ #36 xx

Helen said...

Hope your hand is good to go soon! Love the biscuits, thanks for sharing. Helen, 9

voodoo vixen said...

Love the cards and I actually found my brayer yesterday so you are spot on with your timing! Sorry about the hand, hope it is getting better and you can play again very soon!!

scrappymo! said...

Prayers here for a speedy recovery for your hand and also for your foot next week.
Good thing they caught it and prayers for no further return of this cancer.

I love ginger snaps and only make them at Christmas. I love them so much if I baked them all year round i would be even heavier than i am now...teehee

Love those brayered cards you do...off to watch the video.
Scrappymo #39

Neet said...

Congrats on being No 1 my dear friend.
Thanks for the biccy recipe - am now off to look at the birds bathing.
Lots of Love
Neet xxx
(ps think your prayers are working with regards to you know what)

Sunshine Girl said...

Nice busy desk there - hope your hand and foot are better soon. Sunshine Girl - no. 37

Sue said...

Your brayering is amazing - beautiful!

Neil said...

Morning Shaz. poll position on the grid this week I see. Hope the hand heals well and quickly and that you can create again soon. Love the landscapes on your desk.
Neil#34

Di said...

Hi Shaz - keep meaning to say I hope your hand is well real soon and that you're back crafting.

Just showed Len the vidoe clip - thank you, sooooo cute!!!

Have a great WOYWW, I guess it's almost over for you by now?

Hugs, Di xx

donnalouiserodgers said...

I am in awe of you brayerign and will try to follow your instructions - not gogin to promise to show my resluts though!

Hugs to you,

dxxxx (I'm two down from JoZart - can't remember my number!)

Laurart said...

Happy WOYWW! Hope you hand is better soon. I am going to grab that ginger biscuit recipe! I'll be trying the brayer as well! Laura #51 xxxx

Ann B said...

Sorry about your hand Shaz, hope it heals quickly. Your brayered cards are beautifully done, as is the video, easy to follow and I love the fact that you made a mistake and it came right - much more encouraging to me who makes lots of mistakes that end up in the bin.
Ann B
#30

okienurse said...

Loved the pic of the lorikeets! So cute! Watched the video on brayering and think what I have been doing is trying to strong arm the ink down rather then letting it flow! grrrrr....I am going to try to make the ginger nuts in a gluten free fashion and will let you know how they turn out. Thanks for sharing and have a great week. Vickie #2

Julia Dunnit said...

AM glad to hear that you won't be incapacitated for too much longer, but more than that, glad to hear that they deal with these SCC on the spot. Reassuring. Your ginger biscuits and predeliction for dunking in tea makes me smile - must be an English man in your history somewhere!! Monkey is bang on trend you know..I've been looking at gifts for men and these slightly daft jumpers are beginning to get trendy!

Spyder said...

Great post this week so much going on, and a video! Love Monkey, I want one! I just have to put up with someone else's dogs and our lodger cat! Thank you for my snoop, have a great crafty week,
HaPpY wOyWw!?
((Lyn)) 41...now #42


hey! How did you reach #1???? I blink...and I miss the start every time!

Buttons said...

Congrats on your top spot this week!! Lovely looking gingernuts. Thanks for the brayering video and hope the paw gets better asap. Happy WOYWW, hugs Buttons #77

glitterandglue said...

Watched the video on brayering - must try it once I have organised Christmas - and YUM - those biscuits look great. Trust Father God will see to the healing of your hand and foot so you are soon back in action. God bless.
Margaret

Nan G said...

Clowns is a good description of the lorikeets. :)
Your scenes are pretty and thanks for the brayer tutorial in the post below. :D I hope the hand is better. Nan 93

famfa said...

Great things on your desk this week. Thanks for the mention. Love the video, such colourful birds, what a treat.
FAMFA (86)

Judie said...

oh what a great video, love the birdies and the lushness of the busicuts, would love to tuck into them lol, happy woyww

hugs
Judie xx
www.crafty-emblies.org

Sandi McLean said...

Wow love that you have those lovely wild parrots! That seems so exotic from here on Vancouver Island. Your scenes are lovely..will be watching the brayer video! Hugs, Sandi #105

aardvarkpest said...

Thank you for visiting my blog and your lovely comment. What can I say I love your illuminated calligraphy and gilding, I wish mine was as good. I do calligraphy too so know how many hours one piece can take to do. Love the rainbow Lorikeets I have a cockatoo and love all birds. Can't say I like your spiders much though I think you can keep them.I hope your hand is better soon and you can get back to crafting I shall be popping back now I;ve found and become follower.

Glenda

Shazsilverwolf said...

Hi Shaz, hope the hand is feeling a little better now. Lovely post, I will be back over the next few days to have a look at your brayer video.Hugs, Shaz #107

Elizabeth said...

Hi shaz, hope your hand is healing nicely. Great post and I enjoyed, and took some inspiration from, your brayering video. I feel spoiled today because not only have a few of our very own winter visitors put in an appearance at the bird feeders but you've given us a peek at your Lorikeets too - love their brightly coloured feathers. Thanks for sharing. Hope you've had a great WOYWW. Elizabeth x #112

Samantha Elliott said...

Oooo! Shaz!!! What a great post today (I am not saying that your posts aren't usually great mind!) Love the ginger nuts so will have to make those (our pineapple jam is all gone now :-(). What a beautiful card and those bird are just gorgeous. Our birds are nearly all the brown ones except the cheeky Robins! I have one with a dodgy leg sits on the fence as I feed my chooks, so I have to give him some corn now too or else he shouts at me!
Hugs and hope your hand is feeling good soon.
xx

Monica said...

Oh that is scary. Do hope hand recovers fast. Might try cookie recipe, looks yummy!

trisha too said...

What a fun video! Birds are SO funny when they bathe, aren't they?

:)trisha
#121ish this week

505whimsygirl said...

Hi Shaz,

I hope the hand heels well! Hopefully it's not your dominant hand. Those cookies look yummy. I bet your mum's recipe is the best!

I'm a huge bird lover so really enjoyed the little video. How nice to have such beautiful creatures in your backyard!

I'm not joining on this week but had to stop by and see what you've been up to.

Hugs,
Kay

Renee said...

Oh boy...cards, cookies & birds...what more could one ask for? Those lorikeets are gorgeous. We have nothing as stunning here in Canada.
Hope your hand is better soon!
Hugs, Renee

Lucy said...

Cool! Thanks for the recipe, they look lovely:) x

triciasconfetti said...

We love ginger biscuits in our house so will be trying these later today. Thanks for sharing. hope you will soon get back to the craft table. It must be hard having to refrain for a while but no doubt your brain is in overdrive and the ideas are building up for when you are able to start again.
Tricia #74

Lou said...

Love love love those cards and the biscuits look lovely too :)

Happy WOYWW

Lou #99

Lindsay Weirich said...

Shaz, the video was great, thank you for posting your brayer technique, now I know why mine does not look as good as yours, also I love listening to your accent, you sound so cheerful! The video was great! So sorry to hear of your skin cancer, I hope you are doing well now, my thoughts are with you. Happy WOYWW Lindsay #119

Twiglet said...

Hi Shaz - hope that hand heals quickly for you. Little monkey looks as if he is trying to protect that little dumfling behind him!! x Jo

Annie said...

Hope your hand heals really quickly for you. I love monkeys jumper :-) I just might have to have a go at making those biscuits. They sound really yummy.
Hugs,
A x

Caro said...

Your stamped and brayered scenes are stunning! Thank you so much for sharing your video. I really hope that your hand heals very quickly. I must put those biscuits on my 'to bake' list as they sound yummy. Thanks for sharing. Caro #60

Laura said...

Love the Loris batheing.
I must pop back when I have more time to check out your brayering post.
Laura
87

Jules said...

Hi Shaz

Firstly thank you for all your help and comment this week .. .. you are a star!

Secondly, what a brilliant work desk. Lots of lovely interesting things to be looking at.

Scrummy biscuits and recipe too .. .. any left? I am thinking "no". LOL!!!

Hope you are having a lovely weekend.

Love Jules xx

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